Most people come to yoga in search of a stronger, more flexible body — and maybe a clearer head and a calmer heart, too. And yoga's amazing for those things. (Not to mention it can help you achieve that enviable yoga posture!)
As soon as you decide to give yoga a try, what's the first thing you think about doing? Buying a mat. (Or heck, maybe even hand painting one. ) But you don't have to own a premium, top-of-the-line number in order to get pumped to practice. In fact, you don't even need a mat at all. With these options already lying around the house (or backyard), you can start your flow on a soft, cushy surface without dropping any extra cash.
Reason No. 486 to get your namaste on? So that you can make — and use! — a custom painted yoga mat. This project is a great way to express yourself by creating a downward doggone-cool piece of art that makes exercise fun. Plus, it's seriously easy.
Hear that? It's sunshine and fresh air calling your name! So rather than head to your usual indoor yoga studio, why not roll up that customized yoga mat and bring it outdoors? With these expert tips, you could be flowing with Mother Nature in no time.
Family obligations! Work! The news! Turning your mind off from the distractions that buzz around all day can be a seriously difficult feat. Enter meditation: it's one way to help detach from the craziness of life, and instead experience that inner calm we all strive to settle into, even if it's just for a few minutes each day.
Picture this: A beautiful, serene meditation room that's outfitted with flickering candles and fragrant flowers and soft pillows. A place where you're instantly calmed and ready to just breathe and relax. Sound lovely but not, well, realistic? You might be surprised to learn that you don't actually need more space to create an area dedicated to meditation — you just need intention and a little creativity.
It's a funny thing about journaling — you start out hoping it will enhance your life, improve your mindfulness, or at the very least allow you to keep a record of your world today. But somewhere along the way, life, the world, tons of STUFF can get in the way. This time, set yourself up for journaling success by keeping the following advice top of mind.
There are probably about as many ways to do yoga as there are poses. Well, not quite. But whether you're a competitive athlete or someone who has never, ever done a downward dog, there's definitely a style of yoga to suit your mind, body and spirit. Here's an easy guide to six of the most popular yoga styles, so you can find the perfect fit for you.
In theory, meditation sounds magical: All you have to do is sit still for few minutes and boom — you'll gain inner peace and nail that zen glow. Yeah, not so fast. It actually takes a fair amount of practice, especially if you're not-so-patient by nature. After all, sitting still is tough when you’ve got a million things racing through your mind or a ten-mile-long to-do list on your phone.
Even if you aren't one of @mynameisjessamyn's throngs of IG followers, you've probably heard of her book Every Body Yoga (Workman, 2017), or seen her featured in the seemingly-everywhere Kotex campaign, or picked up on the buzz she's garnered everywhere from Yoga Journal to CNN.
Sure, when you're in downward dog you're not supposed to be thinking about anything but your breath. But perhaps in between asanas you have found yourself wondering: what is she really thinking? What would your yoga instructor like you to know that would both improve your practice and help your teacher give you better instruction? Some of the insights may surprise you: